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  • Big data showdown: Cassandra vs. HBase

    Bigtable-inspired open source projects take different routes to the highly scalable, highly flexible, distributed, wide column data store

  • Fedora tips its hat to mobility, cloud, big data

    The latest release of Fedora, nicknamed "Heisenbug," is a step towards making Fedora a player in the mobile arena. Fedora 20 also includes more support for cloud, and this is also the first release that supports cheap, low-power ARM processors as a primary architecture, in addition to Intel and AMD chips.

  • Ultimate cloud speed tests: Amazon vs. Google vs. Windows Azure

    A diverse set of real-world Java benchmarks shows that Google is fastest, Azure is slowest, and Amazon is priciest

  • Cloud services for mobile developers: Google vs. Amazon vs. Azure vs. Parse

    Cloud-based back ends for mobile applications combine key services with varying degrees of complexity

  • Office 365 administration made easy

    Going beyond Office 365's native admin GUI, 365 Command provides powerful Exchange admin capabilities without the need to run PowerShell

  • Ubuntu 13.10 takes aim at Microsoft, Apple, Google

    Ubuntu is moving into the rarified class of operating systems that cover x86/x64 clients and servers, ARM-based tablets/smartphones, and commodity cloud instances. Meaning that it's taking on everybody from Microsoft to Red Hat to Apple and Google.

  • Review: Dueling hybrid cloud wizards

    CloudVelocity and Ravello Systems march clones of in-house servers into the cloud for development, testing, and disaster recovery

  • Review: Box beats Dropbox - and all the rest - for business

    Box trumps Dropbox, Egnyte, Citrix ShareFile, EMC Syncplicity, and OwnCloud with rich mix of file sync, file sharing, user management, deep reporting, and enterprise integration

  • Review: Office 365 administration made easy

    Going beyond Office 365's native admin GUI, 365 Command provides powerful Exchange admin capabilities without the need to run PowerShell

  • Tale of two cloud-based management tools

    Anturis and CloudPassage Halo are complementary products that attack infrastructure monitoring from different directions. Anturis is a cloud-based portal that monitors systems connectivity, systems, MySQL databases and websites. CloudPassage Halo monitors operating systems instances and the comparatively sticky compliance of instance state machines.

  • Benchmarking Amazon EC2: The wacky world of Cloud performance

    Before turning to the world of Cloud computing, let's pause to remember the crazy days of the 1970s when the science of the assembly line wasn't well-understood and consumers discovered that each purchase was something of a gamble.

  • First look: Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V shines on

    Preview editions of Hyper-V 2012 R2 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 pick up where the strong initial releases left off

  • TwinStrata delivers data to the cloud

    TwinStrata's CloudArray is a brokerage platform between enterprise networks and cloud storage services providers, and we found in testing that it's pretty clever.

  • Windows To Go: The Forgotten Version of Windows 8

    The ability to carry a Windows 8 image on a USB stick, plug it into any Windows 8 PC and separate corporate and personal data should appeal to anyone who frequently travels or simply hates lugging a laptop around. But Windows to Go isn't catching on. Will Windows 8.1 change that?

  • Review: Puppet Enterprise 3.0 pulls more strings

    Version 3.0 of Puppet Labs' configuration automation tool shines with speed boosts, orchestration improvements, and deeper support for Windows servers

  • Office 365 Mixes New Features, Familiar Feel and Bridge to the Cloud

    The new Office 365 and its enterprise-grade cloud services are a good option for a business of any size. We look at the Windows 8 experience, the desktop-cloud connection and which of the new features will most appeal to both end-users and IT admins.

  • Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 2 Small, Simple and Affordable

    Small businesses looking for network attached storage would be wise to look at the Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 2. Administrators will find this appliance easy to manage and will appreciate its support for third-party add-ons.

  • Ruckus Wi-Fi Access Points for Your Small Business

    How does the latest Wi-Fi hardware from Ruckus Wireless stack up? This review rates two access points and one controller appliance on configuration, security, authentication and performance--all key considerations for a small business that wants a new or upgraded Wi-Fi network.

  • Five enterprise alternatives to Dropbox

    The recent Dropbox data breach has many IT executives telling employees not to use it. These five products offer the administrative and security features that may restore their faith in cloud data storage.

  • Review: Desktop virtualization made easy

    Ever since VMware coined the term, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) has conjured images of large data centers, beefy servers, centralized storage, and complex software stacks. It's a given that each VDI installation requires numerous servers, software packages, and storage systems in order to provide desktop virtualization for more than a small handful of users, so VDI just has to be both expensive and complicated to deploy. Right?

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